Sumter varsity volleyball was swept by Blythewood 3-0 (25-6, 25-12, 25-17) on Tuesday night.
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The Gamecocks fell to 7-6 overall, and 0-2 in region play their loss to Lugoff-Elgin last week.
Sumter fell behind 13-4 in the first set, and never recovered en route to a 25-6 set loss. The Gamecocks were more competitive in the second set, taking an early 8-6 lead before Blythewood closed out the set on a 17-6 run.
“Blythewood is very consistent,” said Sumter head coach Heath Griffin. “They’re a very good, very well coached team. They don’t make a lot of errors, and teams like that are hard to beat.”
Sumter battled again in the third set, hanging with the Bengals until late. Blythewood held a slim 14-12 advantage, but the Gamecocks just weren’t able to overcome the precision hitting from the Bengals outside hitters, and Blythewood finished off the sweep 25-17.
“It all boils down to passing with us,” said Griffin. “If we can pass the ball, we can compete. That first set, the server came in and served us for around nine straight points. We just gotta move our feet and get to the ball.”
Margaret McMahon, the reigning Hines Furniture Sumter Item Volleyball Player of the Year, was the star for the Gamecocks. McMahon showed off her impressive physical skills while serving as the floor captain and team leader.
“She played great,” said Griffin. “She stayed behind the ball well, attacked the ball well. She’s definitely our most consistent and hardest hitter. She’s our senior leader, co-captain, and floor captain.
The Gamecocks will be in action again on Thursday when they host Spring Valley for another key region match.
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